GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) is going purple on October 17 for Spirit Day to stand against bullying and show support for LGBT youth, just before the start of Ally Week.
Ally Week, taking place this year on October 21 – 25, is a whole week to engage in a national dialogue about how everyone in and out of school can work to become better allies to LGBT youth. Whether you're a lesbian adult working to make schools safer for today's youth, or a gay student organizing to create safe spaces for your trans friends, everyone has an opportunity this week to recognize their allyship and take action to become better at it.
GLSEN is also urging Congress to create safer schools across the nation with the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA), a bill introduced in the House by Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA) and in the Senate by Sen. Bob Casey (PA). The legislation would ensure that states and school districts develop comprehensive, enumerated anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies that cover all students, including those who are bullied because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. You can support this bill for safe schools by joining GLSEN to take action now.
Founded in 2010, Spirit Day is an international, united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBT teens and young adults everywhere. Participants can get into the spirit by:
- Turning your Facebook, Twitter and other profile photos purple at www.glaad.org/spiritday and spreading the word by using hashtag #SpiritDay
- Wearing purple on October 17 and encouraging classmates or coworkers to do the same
- Uploading photos of you wearing purple to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr using hashtag #SpiritDay
- Downloading the Spirit Day App
- Educating your friends and family about bullying and the LGBT community
- Getting your school, GSA, organization, etc. to become a Spirit Day partner